Country singer Wynonna Judd has teamed up with former Navy SEAL Pete Scobell to pay tribute to Chris Kyle by releasing a new song in honor of the fallen sniper.
Serving as a memorial for both Chris and Chad Littlefield, who were both killed in 2013, “Hearts I Leave Behind,” was written by Scobell, a 17-year SEAL veteran, who had served withKyle in Iraq, according to Country Music Nation.
Taya Kyle shared the story of the song’s origins on Facebook Wednesday:
I have always loved music. On the Patriot Tour last year the crew on the bus included our good friend and Chris’s teammate Pete Scobell who was the musician on tour with us. I asked about how he chooses which songs to sing and asked if I could listen to some.
He played “The Hearts I Leave Behind”. With tears rolling down my face, I looked at Pete and said, “you have to record this song.” This song is Chris. It is me. It is all the people who carry Chris in the hearts he left behind.
Pete’s voice has an ethereal, magical quality. Wynona Judd sings this beautiful song with him. Pete KNOWS what it is like to face death. He has a family he loves. He has lost brothers and parents. You can FEEL the love in the song.
Not only did Pete immediately go to his friend Wynona who happily got on board to record with him, but they decided to donate all proceeds to the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation.
Watch: “Hearts I Leave Behind” – Pete Scobell Band, ft. Wynonna Judd:
Kyle and Littlefield were both gunned down by former Marine Eddie Ray Routh on Feb. 2, 2013 at a shooting range in Glen Rose, Texas.
Routh was convicted of the murders in Stephenville, Texas on Tuesday and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.